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Open data opens doors to community development

By at September 23, 2011 | 9:14 am | 9 Comments

Open data opens doors to community development

An excerpt from a piece from Marisa Novara of the Metropolitan Planning Council.  The MPC, "connects the dots — between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region."  Data is just a geeky word for information – and more...

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A More Transparent Cook County

By at September 22, 2011 | 1:00 pm | 2 Comments

A More Transparent Cook County

An excerpt from a piece written by Celeste Meiffren from Illinois PIRG Yesterday, Cook County released an unprecedented amount of data on their website: http://data.cookcountyil.gov/. Using the same technology as the City of Chicago’s Data Portal, Cook County has posted data related to economic development, county finances, public safety, property and taxation, more...

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The Local Open Government Directive and Cook County Illinois

By at September 22, 2011 | 10:20 am | 1 Comments

The Local Open Government Directive and Cook County Illinois

Following is an excerpt from a piece written by Brian Gryth.  Brian is the Vice-President and Director of Colorado Smart Communities.  He has led Colorado's efforts to open government data at OpenColorado, and has been a leader in the movement nationwide. In December of 2010, I helped lead an effort to create model open government policies that any local government more...

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Open Government is the Only Government Where Everyone Wins

By at September 21, 2011 | 4:51 pm | 6 Comments

Open Government is the Only Government Where Everyone Wins

Following is an excerpt from a piece written by Matt Carmichel.  Matt is an leader in the Open Data community.  He is the Director of Information Projects at Advertising Age, and writes about data and statistics for marketing and brands. In the last year something rather unprecedented happened. Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois each installed a newly-elected leader. more...

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Incomplete Take on the History of Open Data in Chicago

By at September 21, 2011 | 4:46 pm | 2 Comments

Incomplete Take on the History of Open Data in Chicago

Following is an excerpt from a piece written by Daniel X. O'Neill, a leader in the Open Data community  He is the Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative; and former EveryBlock.com co-founder: In light of today’s official open data launch by Cook County, I wanted to do a top-of-the-head post about what I know– and what I’ve heard from people who know more...

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Cook County Launches Socrata-Powered Open Data Site

By at September 21, 2011 | 11:40 am | 3 Comments

Cook County Launches Socrata-Powered Open Data Site

(From Socrata.com): Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, today unveiled one of the most comprehensive County Open Data sites in the country. The site, powered by the cloud-based Socrata Open Data Platform™, transforms the government’s public data into a universally accessible online resource for residents and communities throughout the County. The Open more...

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Oprah Winfrey Network to Air Documentary on Sheriff’s Anti-prostitution Program

By at August 16, 2011 | 9:44 am | 1 Comments

Oprah Winfrey Network to Air Documentary on Sheriff’s Anti-prostitution Program

A two-hour documentary set to air Thursday, August 18th on the Oprah Winfrey Network details the unique approach the Cook County Sheriff’s Office uses when handling prostitution cases and the efforts made to help those women turn their lives around. “Prostitution: Leaving The Life” is set to air at 8 p.m. CST on OWN. It details the work done by employees in the more...

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Military Vets Finding Successful Careers as Cook County Sheriff’s Police

By at August 10, 2011 | 8:19 am | 1 Comments

Military Vets Finding Successful Careers as Cook County Sheriff’s Police

Five months after the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Academy was certified as an eligible site for benefits under the G.I. Bill, nearly one-third of those cadets graduating today are U.S. military veterans, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Wednesday. Ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. today at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Heights. Graduation more...

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Commission on Women’s Issues co-sponsors “Women’s Equality Day” on Friday, August 26th

By at August 8, 2011 | 4:36 pm | 6 Comments

Commission on Women’s Issues co-sponsors “Women’s Equality Day” on Friday, August 26th

Click here to listen to this event live, starting at Noon 8/26 Justice Joy V. Cunningham of the Illinois Appellate Court will be one of a number of speakers at the Women's Equality Day event on Friday, August 26th.  Women's Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, that guaranteed women the right to vote.  The event will more...

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Free Prescription Drug Take-back and Recycling Event in Hanover Township on Saturday, August 13th

By at August 3, 2011 | 9:44 am | 5 Comments

Free Prescription Drug Take-back and Recycling Event in Hanover Township on Saturday, August 13th

Do you have old prescriptions, electronics, car batteries, gently used clothing, and paper cluttering up your place?  Bring them to the Hanover Township Building on Saturday, August 13th  and recycle them at no cost.  The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and Hanover Township are sponsoring a Free Recycling Extravaganza  and Prescription Take-back event more...

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